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The Open Golf Championships – Carnoustie

February 14, 2018

The Open Championship – 19th – 22nd July 2018

Carnoustie is known as one of the world’s most challenging links courses and this will be the eighth Open Golf Championship to have been held there. The modern game of golf is generally considered to be a Scottish invention and golfing enthusiasts from all over the world will be flocking to Carnoustie this July to see who will lift the famous Claret Jug.

The first documented mention of golf in Scotland appears in a 1457 Act of the Scottish Parliament, an edict issued by King James II of Scotland prohibiting the playing of the games of “gowf” and football as these were a distraction from archery practice for military purposes. Bans were again imposed in Acts of 1471 and 1491, with golf being described as “an unprofitable sport”. Mary, Queen of Scots, was accused by her political enemies of playing golf, after her second husband Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, was murdered in 1567. George Buchanan subsequently wrote that she had been playing “sports that were clearly unsuitable to women”. Golf was banned again by parliament under King James IV of Scotland, but golf clubs and balls were bought for him in 1502 when he was visiting Perth, and on subsequent occasions when he was in St Andrews and Edinburgh.

The East Coast of Scotland boasts many beautiful houses, of which a select few are available to rent for the Championship. If you would like to secure your accommodation for the Open we would recommend you book as soon as possible.

The beautiful Angus and Perthshire countryside holds some of the most beautiful privately owned lodges and houses in Scotland, some of which will be available through George Goldsmith to rent for the Open.

For those who perhaps would like a day off from the Championships, it is easy to travel directly into the beautiful cities of Edinburgh or St Andrews where you can spend an enjoyable day exploring the historic Old Towns, museums and art galleries, together with many shopping opportunities.

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With the stresses and strains of modern day working it is becoming more important to take time out with your team and build on your working relationship. It is proven that the best way to increase your team’s camaraderie, engage productive relationships and improve communication and cooperation is to get out of the office.

What could be better than getting out of the office for a couple of days, or a long weekend, and spending it outside in stunning surroundings miles away from the hustle and bustle  of modern day living. Scotland has always had the enviable reputation of having the best salmon fishing, challenging walks and the tastiest larder! Why not do something that little bit different and more memorable than simply a round of golf, or an outing to a rugby international.

Combining a day’s team building with a couple of nights at one of our beautiful sporting lodges and being catered for by their chef using the best local produce would be a talking point at your team meetings for months to come! We can tailor-make a package according to your groups’ requirements.

For example combine a day’s fishing on the River Spey followed by a tutored Malt Whisky Tasting in the comfort of your lodge.  Alternatively try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or a “mock stalk” with your camera out on the hill  to get shots of red deer, black or red grouse, or mountain hares – you might even see a Golden Eagle. Whisky tasting, poetry reading, or you could host your own Mini Highland Games or a cruise on Loch Ness followed by an overnight stay in a Castle! The opportunities and options are limitless. We work with some of Scotland’s top sporting estates, handpicked by us for their excellent reputation, hospitable welcome and experienced staff, to ensure your stay is nothing short of a memorable experience.

There are excellent air links between Stornoway, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the London Airports so transporting your team couldn’t easier. We can even assist with organising 4WD hire, chefs and entertainment.

Why not speak to us and talk about an event with a difference.

New Properties & Estates for the 2018 season!

We are now busy with bookings for the 2018 season.   We have added some new properties and estates to the website for the coming year including some delightful salmon fishing on the north west of Scotland.  All these new properties and estates can be viewed on the website or better still discussed with us personally.  Do call us on 0131 476 6500.


Open Seasons – Salmon Rivers

Alness / Ayr / Baldnock / Broom / Deveron / Dionard / Don / Ewe / Forss / Inver / Kirkaig / Laxford / Shiel11 Feb – 31 Oct
Annan25 Feb – 15 Nov
Awe / Beauly / Orchy 11 Feb – 15 Oct
Borgie12 Jan – 31 Oct
Brora1 Feb – 15 Oct
Conon26 Jan – 30 Sep
Cree1 Mar – 14 Oct
Dee1 Feb – 30 Sep
Echaig1 May – 31 Oct
Earn / Esk (Border) / Gruinard / Teith 1 Feb – 31 Oct
Esk (north & south)16 Feb – 31 Oct
Findhorn / Oykel / Shin / Cassley11 Feb – 30 Sep
Carron / Spey11 Feb – 30 Sep
Grimersta1 Jun – 30 Sep
Halladale / Naver12 Jan – 30 Sep
Helmsdale11 Jan – 30 Sep
Laggan / Luce / Stinchar25 Feb – 31 Oct
Lyon15 Jan – 15 Oct
Nairn11 Feb – 7 Oct
Ness15 Jan – 15 Oct
Nith / Cairn25 Feb – 30 Nov
Strathy12 Jan – 30 Sep
Tay15 Jan – 15 Oct
Thurso11 Jan – 5 Oct
Teviot / Tweed / Wick11 Feb – 30 Nov

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